Have you been looking for a pair of narrow sandals for your boy? Do you feel like you waste a lot of time trying different styles but you can’t seem to find one that fits?
Finding a pair of narrow sandals for children can be time-consuming, and you will end up empty handed if you don’t know which shoe brands and which shoe styles among those brands fit narrower than others. I am an expert when it comes to fitting children’s shoes, and I know which sandal styles fit a child with narrow feet from actually having fitted those styles before.
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years, working for a specialized children’s shoe store that specializes in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. It’s important for us to carry top quality shoes that are available in different widths, since that’s the only way we can guarantee to fit every single child.
I have also been helping parents find the correct type of shoes for their children online for the past 3 years.
I want you to remember this: It doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your kids’ feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly, and I will help you find it. However, when it comes to seasonal shoes and in this particular case summer sandals, it gets even harder since the selection is very small.
If you provide your child with a pair of sandals that are too wide, your child’s feet will end up moving too much inside the sandals and that constant movement and friction between the feet and the shoes will end up creating all sort of issues to your child’s feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns. Wearing a shoe that is too wide can also lead to foot and leg pain, since your kids’ feet are not getting the proper support from the shoes.
Finding the correct type of sandals for your child with narrow feet can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience, but since I have fitted narrow sandals for children before, I am familiar with which sandal styles fit narrower than others, and I will show you which are the best narrow sandals for boys.
Are Your Kids’ Sandals Too Wide? – Let’s Find Out!
I have been fitting children’s shoes for so long that just by looking at their feet I can tell whether the child has narrow feet or not.
The standard foot measuring tool (Brannock Device), will tell you whether your child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet, but if you don’t have this foot measuring device at home, there are certain ways you can figure out whether your child has narrow feet or not.
For example, pay close attention if every time you try a pair of sandals on your child’s feet you notice like there is a lot of extra space in the front. Take a look at the image below for clarification. Do you notice how the sandal on the right (navy blue) has a much rounder toe-box than the sandal on the left (pink)?
You can also check if you can slide one or two fingers around the heel area of the sandal. If you can fit one ore more fingers around that area then it means that the shoes are too wide for your child’s feet.
These are both signs that the shoes that your child is wearing are too wide, and if this happens with several different shoe styles, it’s highly likely that your child has narrow feet.
Wearing shoes that are too wide will create a myriad of problems, so you must first identify whether your children have narrow feet and then find a shoe that will fit the shape of their feet perfectly.
Which Shoe Brands Make Sandals for Boys with Narrow Feet?
There are certain shoe brands that you should start getting familiar which are Naturino, Garvalin,and Keen (certain styles).
I have fitted summer sandals from these brands before and Naturino and Garvalin are pretty consistent and most of their sandals styles will fit a child with narrow feet. When it comes to Keen sandals there are only certain styles that will fit a child with narrow feet.
Please keep these shoe brands in mind when shopping for your child’s summer sandals. However, I will make it easy for you and show you the best styles among these particular shoe brands.
The sandals I will describe below will also be supportive, lightweight, flexible, and provide great traction.However, I want you to keep on thing in mind: It doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if it’s not fitted properly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local kids’ shoe store that they trust, so their kids can be properly fitted for shoes. However, I have been contacted by several parents who say how their local children’s shoe store has closed down and they must get their kids’ shoes online.
I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Now that you know the features that these sandals will provide and how to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best narrow sandals for boys.
The Best Narrow Sandals for Boys ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Like I mentioned before, finding a pair of narrow sandals for boys can be very time-consuming, and you might end up empty-handed if you don’t know what shoe styles or shoe brands to look for.
Please keep in mind that I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
The sandals that I will describe below are every day sandals that your child can wear for most of the day, since they provide good support and traction for their feet.
Here you can find one of the most supportive and versatile sandals for boys with narrow feet.
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These sandals are all waterproof, and if you fit them with correct amount of growing room your child will be able to wear them for the whole summer season, since they are extremely durable.
These sandals styles fit “true to size”, so you just need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measured in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device), in order to allow for growing room.
Please keep in mind that most sandals are not available in half sizes. This means that if your child measures a foot size 9 in the shoe measuring scale, then you will have to provide your child with a shoe size 10 since the size 9 1/2 will not be available.
This is a summary of all the benefits that these sandals will provide for your boy:
✅ Support: This feature will minimize the impact that your boy’s feet take every time they impact the ground.
✅ Lightweight and Flexible: This will prevent your boy’s feet from easily getting tired.
✅ Traction: This feature will prevent your child from slipping and falling down, especially when walking around wet surfaces.
✅ Durability: These sandals are all made form high quality materials, meaning that your child will outgrow these sandals before they are ready to be replaced.
Now that you know which are the best narrow sandals for boys you are ready to make the most informed decision.
How to Prevent the Sandals from Getting Smelly – Let’s Find Out!
I have heard several parents comment about how bad their kids’ summer sandals start to smell after their children wear them for a couple of months. If your child wears his summer sandals for most of the day, it is highly likely that they will start developing a smell.
Just to be clear, there are no products in the market right now that can help get rid of the smell, so don’t waste any money in products thinking that they will help.
There is a home-based product secret that involves using baking soda and vinegar and that will definitely help to get rid of the smell. Just make sure you rub it throughout the sandal, especially in the neoprene part. Several parents have told me how they have tried this method before and worked perfectly.
Allow your boy to have a great summer by providing him with sandals that provide comfort and support to his narrow feet!
Have you tried another sandal style that has worked well for your boy with narrow feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.